This is a two day course which will take place on the 24th & 25th April 2017 at Kings Chambers in Birmingham. The training will be delivered by Jim Hunter.Course DetailsThe training course has been designed to provide a step by step guide to conducting an investigation through to giving evidence in court. The course will feature practical exercises which have been designed to help the delegate practice their techniques in a safe learning environment.The course has been designed to be suitable for all delegates who have a duty to investigate either in a Council Role or as a Police representative. The course would also be beneficial for others who have a duty to ensure evidence gathering complies with the legal requirements and those who may have a role advising persons who are being investigated in relation to alleged offences.Please Note: The non-member rate will include complimentary individual membership at the appropriate level until 31st March 2018.The Institute of Licensing accredits this course with a total of 9 hours CPD.
Course ContentThe training will ensure delegates are made aware of their responsibilities when conducting any investigation and delegates will be made fully aware of the legal and procedural requirements including, compliance with Police and Criminal Evidence Act (PACE) 1984 and the PACE Codes of Practice. Topics to be covered during the course will include; conducting an investigation from the initial complaint, taking a witness statement, ensuring witness statements comply with the rules of evidence, conducting the investigation and gathering evidence, interview preparation and conducting an interview using PACE approved recording media.The interview process will also detail the roles of all parties present during a formal interview, interviewing techniques, what must be done prior to, during and at the end of the interview.After the evidence gathering has taken place what are the next steps; to prosecute or what alternatives there are to consider?The course will then move on to examine the steps needed to ensure case file preparation is adequate and includes all of the required information, forms and evidence. This will be followed up with a practical look at giving evidence in court.Course ObjectivesThe course is a very practical course which follows a step by step guide to conducting an investigation and giving evidence in court. At the end of the course delegates will know:
• How to take a witness statement. What can and cannot be included in the statement and how to comply with the rules of evidence.
• How to write their own witness statements and what must be included in the statement.
• How to plan for an interview, the purpose of an interview (to prove or disprove an offence has been committed) and the questions to ask during an interview. Interview techniques and tips.
• The legal process of an interview, how to establish the points that need to be proved if an offence has been committed and what must be done in relation to establishing a defence or providing mitigation.
• The next steps after completing the evidence gathering process. This may not automatically to instigate a prosecution, there may be alternatives that could be more suitable.
• How to prepare for presenting evidence in court and how to give evidence in court. The ProgrammeThe course will start at 9.30am each day with registration & coffee for a 10.00am start with a finish by 4.30pm each day.